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US role 'necessary' in Baltic air defence: Lithuania

Vilnius - Lithuania wants US President Donald Trump's administration to help beef up air defence in the Baltic region as security concerns grow over Russia, President Dalia Grybauskaite said Saturday.

Lithuania probes fake German troops rape claim

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Friday they had opened a probe into who was responsible for spreading false allegations of a rape committed by German troops freshly deployed to the Baltic NATO state.

Trump signals support for Ukraine's territorial integrity

Vilnius - US President Donald Trump signalled support for Ukraine's territorial integrity in a letter released on Friday, as Kiev grapples with an upsurge in fighting with Russia-backed separatists.

Lithuanian lawmaker wants Kaliningrad returned to EU

Kaliningrad - Linas Balsys, a Lithuanian lawmaker suggests that the European Union should be seriously considering how it can take back the small region of Kaliningrad that is now part of Russia and "return" it to Europe.

Germans, Belgians land in Lithuania for NATO deployment

Vilnius - The first group of German and Belgian troops arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank in a bid to deter a militarily resurgent Russia.

Lithuania to build fence on border with Russian exclave

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling.

US troop deployment to Poland 'proportionate': NATO

Vilnius - A senior NATO official on Friday called Washington's deployment of an armoured brigade to Poland and other eastern allies a "proportionate and measured" response to Russian military activity near the region.

NATO and Russia in game of cat and mouse in Baltic skies

Siauliai - French jets have been engaged in a game of cat and mouse with Russian fighters in the skies above the Baltic states, as NATO keeps a close eye on Russia's ambitions.

Lithuania cabinet sworn in as Russia fears rise

Vilnius - Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' new cabinet of political outsiders was sworn in Tuesday, with rising defence fears over Russia and social woes topping the agenda in the eurozone and NATO member.

Lithuania farmers' party seals coalition deal with leftists

Vilnius - The centrist LPGU farmers' party that scored a surprise victory in October's general election said Tuesday it had sealed a majority coalition deal with the Social Democrats of outgoing premier Algirdas Butkevicius.

Tycoon's model village woos Lithuanian voters

- A peasants' party that scored a surprise victory in Lithuania's weekend election is the brainchild of a farming tycoon famous for transforming his village from a derelict Soviet-era state farm into a pastoral wonderland.

Lithuania opts for change in poll upset

Vilnius - A party of political outsiders fronted by a former police chief pulled off a stunning election victory in Lithuania on Sunday on the back of promises to deliver much-needed economic growth to curb a labour exodus.

Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win

Vilnius - Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday's general election, handing victory to a farmers' party that previously held just one seat in parliament.

Lithuania opposition eyes power in tight run-off election

Vilnius - Lithuania's left-wing government was fighting for survival Sunday in a run-off election clouded by an exodus of workers that has fuelled a demographic crisis in the Baltic eurozone state.

Lithuanians vote for change as opposition set to oust leftists

Vilnius - Lithuanians fed up with economic inequality voted for change in round one of a general election, with Monday's results showing the opposition set to oust the governing leftists in an October 23 run-off.

Leftists struggling to survive as Lithuania votes

Vilnius - Lithuania's leftwing government was struggling to survive Sunday in round one of a general election, with voters bitter over economic inequality and mass emigration from the Baltic eurozone state.

Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles on NATO doorstep

Vilnius - Russia is again deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into its Kaliningrad outpost that borders two NATO members, Lithuania said Saturday, warning the move was aimed at pressuring the West into making concessions over Syria and Ukraine.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it is in talks to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to address the defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia.

Wary of Russia, Lithuania builds fake town to practice warfare

- Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.

Lithuania buys German combat vehicles in major arms deal

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday signed a deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep.
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